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Xbox Fitness really does not fuck around

Friday, 11 July 2014 08:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Xbox Fitness! Surely that’s the perfect tool to whip a tragically unfit games writer into shape? Pass the protein powder.

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Xbox Fitness

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Xbox One exclusive, requires Kinect.

Free to Gold subscribers.

About 30 workouts included. A disappointingly small selection available for purchase in-app.

Check it out on the Xbox Store.

I’m quite skinny, as 5’8″ women go, and as a result of this privilege people tend to assume I’m quite fit. This was useful to me as a teenager, because if there’s anything I disliked more than PE classes I can’t recall it right now, and an earnest discussion about my ficitonal after school jogging usually got me out of tennis or whatever other godawful physical activity was happening so I could “do my Latin homework” (ie, hide behind the windbreak to eat candy and play The Legend of Zelda). It still works today; nobody ever assumes I’m a lazy slob who works nine hours a day in an office chair and then spends the remaining seven on the couch playing video games.

I have absolutely no motivation to change my lifestyle. I don’t enjoy playing sport. I don’t believe in the “runner’s high”. I’d quite like big enormous muscles but then again I’d also like not to have knobbly knees, and instead I’ve just learned to accept my body for what it is and give zero shits about what anyone else thinks. Unfortunately, my various doctors (and my optometrist, weirdly) have ganged up on me and demanded I change my habits to incorporate some sort of regular cardiovascular exercise before my blood pressure actually causes my head to pop completely off my body, causing undue distress and cleaning duties for my housemate.

How the fuck do you suddenly become interested in exercise after decades of laughing hollowly every time the idea is tabled? Exercise hurts. It’s boring. There’s no way I’m dashing around outside where people can look at me (did you miss the bit where I carefully constructed a lifestyle that involves me staying in my house all the time), and where when I get tired I still have to walk back. And the gym is so far away! I don’t want to walk a couple of kilometres in yoga pants in the freezing cold and/or boiling heat!

Surely, I thought to myself, there’s some way I can get around this with the power of video games.

It’s easy to be skeptical of get-fit-at-home programs (especially if you’re one of those bright orange people whose bodies look like a string of anal beads stuffed into a condom, and whose definition of “fitness” includes “being able to deadlift twice your body weight”) but there’s a reason aerobics programs continue to be broadcast and to sell. Having a recording shout at you in the comfort and privacy of your own home is a pleasant and easy method of fitting that 45-minutes-three-times-a-week into your schedule.

Do you guys remember Wii Fit? I never had a Wii, actually, so I missed out on the whole thing, but I had friends who took advantage of Nintendo’s gentle software to ease them into active lifestyles filled with running, yoga and being obnoxious about protein shakes. Mileage varied, but one thing was certain: here was a decent doorway to fitness.

I was already writing the series chronicling my rise to athleticism by way of video games. How inspired you would all become! How modest I would be about my rippling six pack!

With these thoughts rattling around my skull, I downloaded Xbox Fitness. I figured it would be even better thanks to the Kinect sensor, which can show you if you’re performing moves right and take an assessment of your heart rate. I liked the idea of recording my progress, raising the intensity slowly, and comparing my stats to friends – after all, if I was going to gamify this thing, then I had to win. I would become the fittest of the fit. In a few months I’d be doing marathons and talking about electrolytes and wearing appalling coloured sneakers with the best of them.

In the back of my mind I was already writing the series chronicling my rise to athleticism by way of video games. How inspired you would all become! How modest I would be about my rippling six pack! How compelling my daily journals of gradual achievement would be!

Then I actually started using the damn thing and oh my god, you guys: Xbox Fitness does not fuck around. It is not for the likes of me.

This woman is a monster. A monster.

Xbox Fitness has a number of problems, which I’ll discuss shortly, but the main one is this: there are no beginner programs. If you spend the time to go through and check every available free video, you’ll see that not a single one is low intensity and beginner friendly.

“If you spend the time to go through and check every available free video, you’ll see that not a single one is low intensity and beginner friendly.”

This seems insane to me. I know Microsoft is targeting the non-gamer with a lot of this stuff, hoping to expand the market by luring the general consumer into trying video games on their fantastic all-in-one entertainment system, but the fact remains that the majority of Xbox One consoles are owned by gamers. I hate to pander to stereotype here, but if your hobby involves spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on things that keep you firmly attached to your chair, there’s a reasonable chance you’re not exactly super fit. Surely Microsoft could see the advantage of throwing in programs designed to ease in out-of-shape stay-at-homes like me?

Every program I tried before my enthusiasm was completely crushed left me panting and physically broken within minutes, unable to continue – not at all the right way to go about sensibly improving your cardiovascular fitness. (None had proper warm ups, cool downs or stretches, either, although I hope there are some that feature these). I’m not alone in encountering this problem, either – the advice from people who have had success with the program is to just do as much as you can every day until you get there. That’s great, and some people have had excellent results, but guys, if I had the capacity to do that I probably wouldn’t be desperately turning to video games in hope of finding some way to motivate myself through a lifelong mental block.

There may be a few suitable programs available there, but good luck finding them. One of Xbox Fitness’s most frustrating aspects is its awful interface. This is a bit of an Xbox One and Metro bugbear, but it’s especially irritating with content that could so easily be filtered by “intensity” in addition to the various options available – which unfortunately tend to favour completely inappropriate automatic recommendations rather than providing useful options.

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I miss you, Wii Fit Trainer! You never TRIED TO KILL ME.

The Kinect is nowhere near as useful as you might imagine, either. Advanced users find the sensor routinely fails to recognise their actions. When it works, it does show you which muscles groups you’re using, which is excellent if you already know what you’re doing – but for beginners there’s little to no advice on how to perform the required exercise correctly to achieve results.

The under-utilisation of the Kinect became really apparent to me when I tried one of the few yoga programs available. “Yoga,” I thought to myself. “Gentle stretching and breathing exercises. Yes. that’s a good way to start.”

First of all: do not jump straight into Yoga Inferno. This is not designed for beginners. In a nod to the fact that not everybody switching on their Xbox One is a sculpture brought to life, the program advised me to copy one of two background models as a beginner, and the other if I were more advanced.

I probably don’t need to explain that the beginner model’s poses were still too hard for me, but what really got my blood pressure up (precisely the opposite desired effect) was the way the program made no effort to teach you the poses despite having the Kinect there, bloated with potential for doing so.

“Do this,” the presenter would comment, blithely, twisting her body through about seven impossible angles. “Now do this. Oh, wait, you haven’t finished doing the last one yet? Too bad, here’s another one, and this one involves you not looking at the TV so you can’t even see what’s happening. Oh and by the way we’ve done eight more already.”

Throughout this, on the few occasions I could actually see the interface, the Xbox One gave me what it probably thought was helpful advice, but which pretty much amounted to “you’re doing it wrong” and low to no star ratings.

Xbox off.

Xbox Fitness feels like a wasted opportunity. The Wii showed that there is room for genuinely supportive and useful fitness software on video game consoles, and with the Kinect Microsoft had a chance to really knock it out of the park. Instead, it’s thrown together a poorly-curated selection of straight-to-DVD exercise programs and whacked on a bit of socialisation that only serves to make you feel ashamed of the fact that you’ve been brave enough to try and change the habits of a lifetime. It makes no real attempt to utilise the potential of the Kinect – something of a running theme with the new sensor, I’m afraid.

On the other hand

There are plenty of Xbox Fitness success stories out there if you go searching. I personally found the gamification pretty underwhelming as a motivation – but that might be because I was starting so far behind the pack, and because the buggy sensor recognition and lack of handholding resulting in really poor stars. As Adventure Time says, “sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something”. If you have the willpower, you’ll probably get a lot more out of this app.

Since I gave Xbox Fitness a go I’ve returned to working on my cardiovascular health the good old-fashioned way: running on a treadmill while watching deeply inappropriate episodes of American Horror Story to freak out gym spectators, and trying out a succession of increasingly expensive apps in the hopes of finding one that actually makes me feel like continuing. I’ve recently made a lot of progress thanks to meeting a new trainer who insisted I try a heart rate monitor and taught me that I’d been aiming too high, too fast, all my life, and thereby making the whole thing significantly more unpleasant than it needs to be. (Xbox Fitness, if you are going to creepily stare at my blood, then you might have told me I was exercising myself into the risk of cardiac event.)

I expect there will come a time, sometime within the next few months if I’m dedicated, when I reach the level of fitness and proficiency required to make Xbox Fitness a useful addition to my exercise routine – maybe I’ll be able to cancel my gym subscription and stay home, working out whenever it suits me and taking advantage of the cool progress-tracking features of the app. Until then, I’ve shoved my Xbox One back behind the PS4 again, where it can’t reproach me for sitting on the couch.

Disclaimer: some aspects of this article are exaggerated for the sake of humour; Brenna regularly weight trains and practices a martial art. She genuinely hates cardiovascular exercise and is under medical orders to do it, though.

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23 Comments

  1. dontbescaredhomie92

    Although I thought this was a well written article and did enjoy the light hearted humour it’s hard for me to understand why somebody couldn’t jump on Google for a few minutes to get the answers themselves?
    Post launch I’m sure they have other priorities than fixing a gimmicky add on for the casual crowd, to add to your gripes about the sensor you may want to recalibrate it as mine works flawlessly on the rare occasions I can be arsed playing Kinect sports.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Ekona

    Insanity FTW.

    Actually FTL, since I nearly die every time I go back to it. I’ve got it on both DVD and Xbone, and I prefer the Xbone as it feels a little more interactive and gives that extra little persuasion to carry on even though you’re nearly dying.

    I’m no fitness guru though, I only work out so I can eat more food :)

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Matt Martin

    I’ve done two Xbox Fitness sessions this week and I sweated like a pig. My muscles are killing and I’m walking like John Wayne.

    Good fun though.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. polygem

    Witness The Fitness!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDWgtB_MD24

    #4 7 months ago
  5. majormayhem70

    I enjoyed this article Brenna. Great job.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. schnide

    Xbox Fitness really does not fuck around

    That Pulitzer is only minutes away.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. bradk825

    You may want to point the Kinect a little differently prior to any floor exorcizes etc. I haven’t had any problems having it pick me up at all.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. ysleiro

    P90X does not come with “easy” mode either.

    You have to make easy for yourself. You don’t have to LITERALLY do every exercise that is being asked of you.

    Work your way up.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. Keiggo

    That headline is a bit strong, isn’t it?!

    #9 7 months ago
  10. salarta

    I don’t know why I read this article, but it was an interesting read nonetheless. People in the picture at top look kinda derpy.

    #10 7 months ago
  11. Ghibli

    @brenna totally agree. I actually used to be a fairly accomplished “sportyperson” up til life got in the way in my mid 30s but xbox fitness made me want to top myself. Couldn’t stand the presenters of any of the routine I tried and tbh, the kinect was way too inaccurate to be anything else than frustrating. And I couldn’t find anything suitable for my level of idleness.

    That said, Wii Fit is definitely a great start, so do that for definite. The best fitness title by far though, is. Sports Active 2, which is just phenomenally good at measuring your effort and has a superb range of exercises from beginner to hardcore. You can easily substitute the included band with small weights too. You can pick it up ridiculously cheaply now. Recommend the ps3 version as it requires no camera to work. Can’t remember if the 360 version was kinect only.

    #11 7 months ago
  12. AlchemyFire

    @Keiggo I have to agree with you… a bit disappointed at the level of it tbh

    #12 7 months ago
  13. ignoreLander

    But let’s not ignore the elephant in the room: does it have playable women in it?

    #13 7 months ago
  14. polygem

    I don’t get this kind of games btw. I go out in the park or the woods for a run or hit the pool or a lake for a swim regulary. I’d hate to work out in front of a telly telling me what to do. To me sports also need this mental, almost meditation like status. It’s not about taking times and pulse rates and competing with myself. It never has been about that for me.

    #14 7 months ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    @9/12
    I’ll say its purpose has just been fulfilled.

    @13
    I chuckled at this good sir, even if it is rampant across most of Brenna’s articles.

    #15 7 months ago
  16. Untold stories

    I’ve used the app a couple of times and my god your right. But I’m very happy that it’s free considering how expensive those programs are

    #16 7 months ago
  17. chuckyj360

    I have played through the free gold content, and this is the only good use of Kinect 2.0 I could find. This fitness game is on point and very accurate at least for me. The latency Kinect 2.0 is no problem for me at all in this game.

    This is the ONLY game that makes Kinect 2.0 fun at this point in time anyway.

    #17 7 months ago
  18. Seventizz

    @bradk825 I was thinking the same thing. I’ve never had issues with XBOX Fitness. If it’s reading me wrong – I usually am doing it wrong or out of synch.

    But I love the tool. Wii Fit felt like busy work and it’s low impact can’t possibly prove results. If you want results, you actually have to work for them.

    Many people like to trash the Kinect – but those same people have never tried it or their limited experience with it is in a Best Buy. It’s so much more than just a camera.

    #18 7 months ago
  19. Seventizz

    @chuckyj360 Saying ‘Xbox On’, or ‘Xbox Snap’ or ‘Xbox Record That’ aren’t cool features? I was playing Mario Kart 8 the other day and I actually placed 1st in an online mode. How cool would that be if I could’ve recorded it? Now, no one believes me. :(

    #19 7 months ago
  20. laxan96

    There are few articles that are really long that I read, but when I do they´re almost always by you Brenna. There good article, you always get me hooked in the beginning most long articles I lose interest in the beginning then close the tab.

    #20 7 months ago
  21. laxan96

    @Ekona +1

    #21 7 months ago
  22. chuckyj360

    @Seventizz I’m just not too big into those features. I totally understand some x1 users are though. But, for me the social aspect of being able to perform clips, screen shots and share them… Just isn’t my style of play.

    But, for some yes, that could be a cool feature.

    #22 7 months ago
  23. Digital Bamboo

    Seems silly that there are no true beginner workouts included, and almost downright irresponsible that there aren’t any proper warm-ups or cool downs.

    I’m concerned of the number of people that will try this, find it too hard, become discouraged, and give up on fitness as a result.

    If you can get past the title (and the stereotypes): bodybuilding.com has an extremely robust forum section and very supportive community willing to help with every aspect of fitness and well-being. There are all shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels. Gamers too.

    If anyone here has a negative outlook on fitness, or is unsure where to start, I’d encourage you to join there (the bodybuilding forums, that is, you would do well to ignore the main site!) As a former personal trainer myself, I’d be happy to help anyone (for free) in any way I can, or, at the very least, point them in the right direction. My username is: CKBB

    Hope to see you there :)

    #23 7 months ago

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    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]